Like many, I’m all about finally getting my home organized this January. (You might even say it was one of my resolutions.) But I’m really trying to stick to a tight budget while I tackle decluttering and rearranging. I know myself, and it’s way too easy for me to get all caught up in finding “just the right tools” to help me organize.
Not only does this allow me to procrastinate doing the work (because you can’t start until you’ve bought all the tools and containers, right?), but it can get expensive.
There are many studies out there that give specific benefits to having a neat and tidy home. Clutter really does cost you money if you are unable to find things when you need them. I can’t you how many times I’ve re-purchased something I was sure had been tossed out or lost only to find it later when decluttering. I know I am better able to think and concentrate when I’m in an organized space.
So I’m diving headfirst into my organization project, but forcing myself to stick to a strict budget. How, you ask? Let me share!!
- Inventory Your Stuff – before you even dive into organizing your home on a budget, inventory all of your stuff. When you take time to inventory your items, you may find an abundance of stuff you can sell to help support your organizing budget. At the very least, you can make a big first donation of 2020!!
- Think Boxes – shoeboxes, cardboard boxes, even cereal boxes can make for great organizers. Shoeboxes make great dividers for sock drawers or even in kitchen drawers. Take some paint to make cardboard boxes look a bit more decorative and use them as bookshelves.
- Picture Frames – you can turn old picture frames into a dry erase board for daily reminders, an art masterpiece for wall hanging décor or you can easily transform an old picture frame into trays you use for candles or serving guests from.
- Pegboard – using pegboard you can setup a mini beauty area in your bathroom or use it to hang belts as well as other items that you need daily but are sick of seeing stuffed on a shelf or lost throughout your home because you simply just set them down everywhere.
- Velcro – this is the master of all organizing; you can place a strip of Velcro up on the wall to hang stuffed animals, tiny items that you lose often and much more. Velcro can also be used to store your electronic devices’ remotes.
- Magnets – have a lot of metal type items that need to be organized? Place a strip of magnet up in your medicine cabinet so there is a home for your nail trimmers, files and other items that you are constantly searching for after showering.
There are many ways to organize your home on a budget, and I hope that you will use some of the ideas I have listed here for you as a way to get creative and set up your home to feel more spacious and less cluttered!
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